Ep 131: Overfed and Undernourished Part 1

Jan 28, 2016

I think that most of us, weight problem or no weight problem, are overfed and undernourished. We focus on foods that deliver an imbalance of energy & nutrition. We get plenty of energy in the form of calories but we starve our bodies of the nutrients they need for both proper & optimal function.

Specifically, in this overfed and undernourished 2 part series, I want to talk about 5 nutrients I feel most of us aren’t getting enough of. I’ll dive into why they’re important and how we can get more.

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overfed and undernourished

Overfed and Undernourished Part 1

We have an unfortunate tendency to rely on processed foods that deliver energy without nutrition (or with little nutrition). This leads to “malnutrition of affluence” or a situation of being overfed and undernourished.

We simply aren’t giving our bodies the raw materials they need to function optimally. This leads to:

  • Obesity
  • Fatigue
  • Inflammation
  • Chronic disease

Instead of looking at health & weight loss through the lens of restriction and deprivation, I’d encourage everyone to focus on equipping your body to function optimally so it creates a state of leanness, energy and vitality. When making food choices, ask yourself:

  • Is this energy & nutrition or one without the other?

In this series, I want to focus on 5 things I feel we need more of. In part one, I’ll be focusing on essential fatty acids & vitamin D.

In today’s episode I’ll focus on essential fatty acids and:

  • What they are
  • What they do
  • The problems related to deficiency
  • The problems with the Standard American Diet & essential fatty acids
  • How to consume more
  • The difference between omega 3s and omega 6s
  • How to reduce omega 6s
  • How to increase omega 3s

chris kresser omega 6 and 3 prevalanence

Related to vitamin D, this episode addresses:

  • What it is
  • What it does
  • The problems related to deficiency
  • 3 ways to increase vitamin D
    • Sunshine
    • Food
    • Supplementation

In the next episode of this series we’ll tackle

  • Magnesium
  • B Vitamins
  • Probiotics


Omega 3 Fatty Acids

Omega 3s and 6s in food – chart mentioned in episode

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